Series: Research Handbooks in Business and Management series
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‘The idea of routines has been one of the most productive in organization studies. Finally we have a broad, deep, and authoritative survey of the exciting research it has inspired.’
– Paul S. Adler, University of Southern California, US
This cutting-edge, multidisciplinary Handbook comprises specially commissioned contributions surveying state-of-the-art research on the concept of organizational routines. An authoritative overview of the nature of organizational routines is presented, which highlights their contribution to our understanding of organizations. The expert contributors discuss issues including the role of organizational routines in evolutionary theory, organizational learning, performance feedback, and memory. The role of organizational routines in the social sciences is also illustrated, as is their application across a range of fields including political science, sociology, accounting and innovation. Chapters are also devoted to the endeavour of experimental research and empirical field studies of organizational routines.
Contributors: M.C. Becker, J. Burns, M.P. Ciuchta, P. Cohendet, G. Dosi, M. Faillo, M.S. Feldman, Y. Gong, H.R. Greve, G.M. Hodgson, W.N. Kaghan, T. Knudsen, N. Lazaric, P. Llerena, L. Marengo, T.J. McKeown, A.S. Miner, A. Narduzzo, B.T. Pentland, R.W. Scapens, M. Schulz, M.J. Ventresca, M. Warglien
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This cutting-edge, multidisciplinary Handbook comprises specially commissioned contributions surveying state-of-the-art research on the concept of organizational routines. An authoritative overview of the concept of organizational routines and its contributions to our understanding of organizations is presented. To identify those contributions, the role of organizational routines in such processes as organizational learning, performance feedback, and organizational memory is discussed. To identify how the concept can contribute to different disciplinary fields, the expert authors review applications across a range of fields including political science, sociology, and accounting. Two chapters on research methods provide expert advice on the endeavour of experimental studies and empirical field studies of organizational routines.
Overall, this Handbook contains articles that identify the role of organizational routines in processes underlying the stability and change of organizations, show how the concept has been applied in different disciplinary fields, and discuss methods for carrying out empirical research using the organizational routines concept. Because of the importance issues such as the stability and change of organizations have in organization theory and strategy, this Handbook will appeal to scholars and students in business and management, in particular in organization theory, organization behaviour, and strategic management.
1. The Past, Present and Future of Organizational Routines: Introduction to the Handbook of Organizational Routines
Markus C. Becker
2. The Concept of a Routine
Geoffrey M. Hodgson
PART II: ORGANIZATIONAL ROUTINES ACROSS DIFFERENT FIELDS
3. Organizational Routines in Political Science
Timothy J. McKeown
4. Routines, ‘Going Concerns’ and Innovation: Towards an Evolutionary Economic Sociology
Marc J. Ventresca and William N. Kaghan
5. Organizational Routines in Accounting
John Burns and Robert W. Scapens
6. Problem Solving and Governance in the Capability-based View of the Firm: The Roles and Theoretical Representations of Organizational Routines
Giovanni Dosi, Marco Faillo and Luigi Marengo
PART III: ORGANIZATIONAL ROUTINES, SEARCH AND LEARNING
7. Organizational Routines in Evolutionary Theory
8. Organizational Routines and Organizational Learning
Anne S. Miner, Michael P. Ciuchta and Yan Gong
9. Organizational Routines and Performance Feedback
Henrich R. Greve
10. Routines and Routinization: An Exploration of Some Micro-Cognitive Foundations
11. Staying on Track: A Voyage to the Internal Mechanisms of Routine Reproduction
12. The Role of Teams and Communities in the Emergence of Organizational Routines
Patrick Cohendet and Patrick Llerena
PART IV: CONDUCTING EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON ORGANIZATIONAL ROUTINES
13. Issues in Empirical Field Studies of Organizational Routines
Brian T. Pentland and Martha S. Feldman
14. Conducting Experimental Research on Organizational Routines
Alessandro Narduzzo and Massimo Warglien